Your Questions about Solar Energy, Answered

by / Tuesday, 18 November 2014 / Published in Solar
Your Questions about Solar Energy, Answered

We all have questions that needed some answers. And before making any rash decisions, we all want to make sure that we’re making the right one. If you’re uncertain whether or not to install solar panels in your home, these facts may be able to shed some light upon your doubts.

FAQ 1: Can I use sunlight to warm my house?

You definitely can. A passive solar greenhouse would suffice if you reside in the southwest. If you live in colder climates, your home would require a lot of insulation, an entire solar thermal roof earnest to gathering heat, and a huge heat vault for storing the accumulated energy.

FAQ 2: Am I allowed to install a solar electrical system or a solar hot water system myself?

Even though installation fees add cost to the budget, most state regulations disallow people from installing their own solar energy equipment. If you do decide to install your own system, you may be penalized for it. Also, if you are installing your own solar hot water system, do not expect your insurance provider to cover any plumbing issues caused by it.

FAQ 3: What is a solar thermal roof?

Basically, it is a roof that has been converted into an enormous solar collector.

FAQ 4: What is a solar cell?

Solar cells, or photovoltaic cells, are the ones responsible for converting the sun’s energy into electricity. It is a very complex electric device whose characteristics vary when exposed to light.

FAQ 5: How do solar water heating systems work?

A solar water heating system uses solar panels called thermal collectors to collect heat from the sun. These flat plate collectors work on copper pipes that are often connected to a water cylinder on the roof. When the sun heats the copper pipes, it then heats up the water.

FAQ 6: What is the difference between solar PV and solar thermal?

Solar PV uses the power of the sun to generate electricity. Solar thermal, on the other hand, utilizes the power of the sun to produce heat. Solar thermal does not work well on cloudy days, unlike solar PV systems. In order for a solar thermal system to function fully, it requires direct sunlight because it can’t absorb diffused light like solar PV does.

FAQ 7: Is it possible to have an integrated system?

Yes, it is. Solar hot water and solar heating systems can use the heat from the same heat storage vault. Consider a multi drum heat storage vault if you are thinking of installing an integrated system in your home.

FAQ 8: Why is solar energy expensive?

Perhaps the one thing stopping people from using solar power is the expense. For most part, solar power and other renewable energies are more expensive than conventional energies because, so far, they have just been utilized on a comparatively small scale.

In addition, solar power is very expensive because it has great advantages with regard to the protection of our resources and the climate.

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